Meaning of whoever in English:


relative pronoun

  • 1The person or people who; any person who.

    ‘whoever wins should be guaranteed an Olympic place’
    • ‘Therefore, whoever offers the best level of service will win the most business.’
    • ‘The IFS concludes that taxes would have gone up whoever won the last election, because it was the only way to balance the books.’
    • ‘Both teams tend to have the attitude that whoever wins this one wins the tournament, even if last year they discovered otherwise.’
    • ‘For us, whoever wins the debate gets to have their cake and eat it too.’
    • ‘We're going to look at some of the tough challenges ahead for whoever wins the White House.’
    • ‘Both Mr Dowd and Mr Sosnik forecast that whoever wins two of the three big battlegrounds will probably be the next president.’
    • ‘Certainly whoever wins this year's senior football title will have earned it.’
    • ‘There'll be no doubt this year that whoever wins it will deserve to be All-Ireland champions.’
    • ‘We started out in South Africa back in April and whoever wins the title will deserve it.’
    • ‘Life for me is going to be pretty good whoever wins the election.’
    • ‘There is also a very attractive doll on offer to whoever can guess her name.’
    • ‘Analysts believe that whoever wins the election this year will be seen as a legitimate leader.’
    • ‘The best athlete doesn't always win, but then whoever said sport was fair?’
    • ‘All of this means that whoever wins Tuesday's election might wish he hadn't.’
    • ‘The high turnout was welcomed by both camps as a sign that whoever wins the battle will have a clear mandate to lead the party.’
    • ‘We are playing for second place in the Pool in the World Cup next year so whoever wins on Saturday has the advantage.’
    • ‘A prize is on offer to whoever comes up with the winning name for Mrs Mason's new shop.’
    • ‘The showcase award is rated as one of the music industry's most important, and can provide a platform for whoever wins it.’
    • ‘The next nine deals are started by whoever won the previous deal, and this player can begin with any legal card or combination.’
    • ‘Farmers had to sell to whoever would offer a price for their goods.’
    1. 1.1Regardless of who.
      ‘come out, whoever you are’
      • ‘But whoever loses, regardless of whether it is by six goals or one, it will be devastating.’
      • ‘Yet the sitter, whoever he might be, regards us with an air of quiet confidence.’
      • ‘One of the most important things for America is to know who actually won, whoever that may be.’
      • ‘Some people will always be slow whoever else is in the pool.’
      • ‘And Lou is certainly not going to be the first to jump to the defence of the arsonists, whoever they may be.’
      • ‘But it's up to the players who are called upon to step into their shoes - whoever they are.’
      • ‘Try to have a good day today, wherever you are, whatever you do, whoever is near, if no one is near.’
      • ‘Fortunately, the strength of the squad is such that, whoever takes the field, the side will not be seriously weakened.’

interrogative pronoun

  • Used for emphasis instead of ‘who’ in questions, typically expressing surprise or confusion.

    ‘whoever would want to make up something like that?’
    • ‘In any case, why raise the question, for whoever in his right mind ever suggested that everything is false?’


In emphatic use whoever is also written as two words: whoever/who ever does he think he is?See